Two years into teaching EAP, I had always been teaching on Reading and Writing courses. The curriculum contains an Extensive Reading (ER) thread that contributes towards the students' final Reading score. I knew little about ER before teaching EAP and am became a big fan of this ER component. While not perfect and having a … Continue reading Extensive Listening trial diary
Ploughing through old blog post drafts to see what is worth working on, and came across this old (May 2016) but worth re-visiting reflection from back when I was teaching general English in the evening at a language school. Good times. It's interesting to see which of the things touched on in this reflection remain … Continue reading Elementary Dogme-influenced class: reflecting on course reflections
Looking back through old notes I found a lesson plan that used a slightly adapted version of the rap / song / poem in this Fluency MC video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnJvKH8qO4E This was a memorable lesson. It required bravery from the teacher, unless that is you are used to rapping in front of your students, and was … Continue reading Teaching adjective clauses
Gallery mingles (where you have a bunch of questions / pictures / texts stuck around the classroom and ask students to walk around and talk about them) are a classic. Good for setting topic, peer review, and post-reading / listening discussion, I have always done them as a speaking activity. Why not do the same … Continue reading Gallery writing mingle?
This is a low-prep, high-tech vocabulary revision activity that focuses on pronunciation. Procedure: Draw a big square on the board, with the title: 'Vocabulary we have studied that is hard to pronounce'. Ask students to look back through their vocabulary notebooks (if they have one) or their coursebooks and find vocabulary they have studied that … Continue reading Vocabulary that’s hard to pronounce
Mondays are tough for everyone. The last thing you want to see is students arrive in drips and drabs, sit down as far away from each other as seems possible, and either a) stare into space; b) stare at their phones; c) apathetically flick through last weeks lesson notes; d) immediately ask to go to … Continue reading Monday morning warmer: My weekend in a picture
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